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First utility-scale solar power contracts signed in El Salvador

Jul 28, 2014

Large-scale solar developer, SolarReserve, has signed a supply contract to sell power from a 20MW plant it is building in El Salvador.

First Solar and Japanese distributor sign 100MW module supply partnership

Jul 28, 2014

US thin-film maker First Solar is targeting the annual installation of 100MW of its panels in Japan through a deal with domestic distributor XSOL.

Industry reaction to latest volley in US-China trade spat

Jul 28, 2014

All the reaction to the latest twist in the US-China solar trade dispute.

GCL-Poly expects over US$100 million profit for first-half of 2014

Jul 28, 2014

China-based energy and polysilicon producer, GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, has said in a Hong Kong Stock Exchange filing that it expects to report a profit of over HK$800 million (US$103 million) for the first six months of 2014.

Chinese government calls latest US solar duties an ‘abuse’ of the system

Jul 28, 2014

China’s Ministry of Commerce has called the latest US solar trade duties an “abuse” of the system and urged Washington to overturn the decision.

US adds further heavy duties to solar panels made in China; Taiwan hit hard

Jul 25, 2014

The US Department of Commerce (DoC) has announced preliminary antidumping duties of up to 165% on panels partially manufactured in China.

65MW Uruguay project reaches financial close

Jul 25, 2014

A project to build 65MW of solar power generation in Uruguay has successfully reached financial close.

Hareon Solar signs 600MW DG project agreement with Xingtai City, China

Jul 25, 2014

China-based PVEP, Hareon Solar Technology Co has entered into a framework agreement with officials of Xingtai City, Hebei province, China to develop 600MW of distributed generation (DG) rooftop projects at a cost of 6 billion yuan (US$968.9 million).

SolarCity confirms US$201.5 million securitisation

Jul 25, 2014

SolarCity has confirmed details of a new US$201.5 million financing round secured against the revenues from a pool of smaller PV systems.

Saft to supply battery system for 12MW Hawaii PV plant

Jul 25, 2014

French battery manufacturer, Saft, has been awarded a contract to supply a lithium-ion battery system for use in a 12MW solar plant being built in Hawaii.

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First Solar, XSOL establish PV module supply agreement; Japanese system integrator targets installation of 100 MW annually

Jul 28, 2014

First Solar (Tempe, Arizona, U.S.) and XSOL Co., Ltd. (Kyoto, Japan), a distributor and integrator of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Japan, on July 28th, 2014 announced that they have signed an agreement to supply First Solar's cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film modules in Japan. The agreement targets installation of 100 megawatts (MW) per year, the partners announced.

Solar power in Central America: SolarReserve signs contract for 20 MW PV project in El Salvador

Jul 28, 2014

SolarReserve (Santa Monica, Calif.), a developer of utility-scale solar power projects and advanced thermal energy storage technology, on July 25th, 2014 announced that it signed a supply contract for its 20 megawatt (MW) Acajutla solar photovoltaic (PV) project in El Salvador as part of a highly competitive tender solicitation by the local electric distribution companies.

Ginlong releases UL certified Solis PV inverters 2nd generation with AFCI to the North American solar market

Jul 28, 2014

Ginlong Technologies (Ningbo, China) on July 24th, 2014 announced that its Solis PV Inverter 2nd generation achieved UL 1741 certification. The UL listed Solis transformerless PV inverters from 1 kW to 5 kW have built-in option of DC Arc Fault Circuit Interruption (AFCI), meeting the requirement of NEC 2011 code, the company notes. Ginlong was the first Asia inverter manufacturer who achieved UL 1741 certification in 2009.

Shin-Etsu Chemical to begin licensing of its solar cell manufacturing technology

Jul 28, 2014

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) has established a mass production process for 156 x 156 mm advanced mono crystalline silicon solar cells that have a conversion efficiency of 21%, the company announces. This level of conversion efficiency according to Shin-Etsu Chemical is the highest level in the industry achieved in the mass production process of 156 x 156 mm practical-size solar cell products, a level that has already been confirmed outside of the company and has received a high evaluation, Shin-Etsu Chemical emphasizes.

U.S. to impose new tariffs on Chinese, Taiwanese solar PV products; SEIA, CASE condemn DOC decision

Jul 28, 2014

In a further escalation of the solar trade war with China, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has imposed yet another layer of tariffs on solar photovoltaic (PV) modules from China, and – for the first time – on imports from Taiwan. In a decision announced on July 25th, 2014, DOC will immediately impose antidumping duties ranging from 26.33 to 58.87 percent for Chinese PV products and 27.59 to 44.18 percent for Taiwan.

SolarWorld commends U.S. government’s decision to impose anti-dumping duties on solar PV imports from China and Taiwan

Jul 28, 2014

SolarWorld Americas (Hillsboro, Ore., U.S.) on July 25th, 2014 commended the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) determination to impose preliminary anti-dumping import duties averaging about 42 percent on crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) modules made by the Chinese solar industry from solar cells fabricated in third countries using Chinese inputs and about 36 percent on solar cells made in Taiwan.

Fotowatio closes financing for a 65 MW solar PV project in Uruguay

Jul 28, 2014

On July 24th, 2014 Fotowatio Renewable Ventures SL (FRV, Madrid, Spain) announced the financial closing of a 65 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Uruguay, the Jacinta solar farm in Salto Department in northwestern region of the country. Scheduled to be completed by May 2015, the PV plant will be one of the largest solar projects in Latin America. It will generate enough electricity to supply approximately 35,000 homes in the area.

Solar Frontier to build 13 MW PV plant for World Heritage Town Hiraizumi, Japan

Jul 25, 2014

Solar Frontier KK (Tokyo,Japan) and the town of Hiraizumi have agreed to build a 13 MW CIS utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant. Through this PV project, Solar Frontier and Hiraizumi are promoting the development of renewable energy in support of historical sites and urban development. Hiraizumi, located in Iwate Prefecture in north-eastern Japan, achieved UNESCO world heritage status in June 2011 for its historical temples, gardens and archaeological sites. The new PV plant will be located in Kagonezawa District of Hiraizumi on 35.8 hectares of land designated for commercial use.

Solar PV in Australia: CBD Energy finalizes commercial PV contracts totaling AUD 1.3 million

Jul 25, 2014

CBD Energy Limited (Sydney, Australia) on July 24th, 2014 announced that its Westinghouse Solar subsidiary has finalized binding contracts for commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in Australia totaling AUD 1.3 million. Additionally its bid pipeline has grown to AUD 14.5 million, the company emphasizes. This reflects the increasing price of energy in the Australian market which makes the Westinghouse Solar’s range of products and services competitive with fossil fuel generation, reads the press release.

EnergyTrend: Effects of US-China solar trade war to emerge in 2015; High inventory will delay price recovery

Jul 25, 2014

PV manufacturers are now anticipating the preliminary verdict on US-China solar photovoltaic (PV) product dumping announcement by the end of July. Prices within the PV supply chain continue to drop due to low season and weak demand in China and Japan, TrendForce's (Taipei, Taiwan) EnergyTrend division reports. Among all, Taiwan’s solar cell prices have declined significantly.